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Cool Beans

Playing Around with Filters - Advanced Lighting

I was all ready to go to One Voice and Collabor88 the other night and could not get in. They were both full!!! Rather than complain, though, I decided to check out the brand new Pixel Bean Coffeehouse after its recent remodel. I had planned to explore a few sims, maybe do some grid-hopping but when I got to the Bean, I was captivated by its charm and decided to shoot my outfit there. I used the sits that were in the adorable {what next} furnishing, animated sits that had me shooting tons of snaps trying to capture the right moment mid-movement. One thing led to another and I ended up playing around with filters in Filter Forge, a fun little application that I got a long time ago. I noticed it has a 60% off sale until the end of July so I thought I might mention it. The nice thing about it is that once you have the application, all the filters are free even with the least expensive option. I don’t do enough photo editing to justify the professional edition, so you don’t have to choose the most expensive to get a lot out of the application. I thought you might like to see what fun things filters can do. In these pictures,the only editing, other than cropping is using one filter. For example, for this photo I used Artificial Lighting.

Playing Around with Filters - Paint HDRtist

I think this shows why the Pixel Bean Coffeehouse inspired a picture shooting spree. The filter I used for this is called HDRtist.
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Make Things Happen

Make Things Happen

I saw this graffiti on a building while I was wandering around Tobacco Road and absolutely had to take pictures. It’s my mantra. Sometimes I have 15 solutions before the problem is even defined, but yes, I like to make things happen.  Blogging Second Life is an example of that. So is Second Sites. Blogging Second Life is a site I started with Evelyn Hartson, combining compendia of blogs, stores and creators directories and a database of bloggers who accept review copies. Second Sites is a sim travel blog that allows all of you to upload your own SL travel pictures to and help build a resource for picture-taking.

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Justice Denied

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I visited Law Day, a project of the SL Bar Association, where many of the current issues that affect the integrity and fairness of the legal system were presented on small signs around the sim devoted to those who love the law. People joke a lot about lawyers, mostly to present the idea that they are all unethical, greedy and parasites on society. In fact, society would not exist as we know it without lawyers. People love to quote Shakespeare’s Henry VI’s famous “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Of course, most of them think that’s a dig, but the words are spoken by the wannabe tyrant who knows that killing the lawyers is essential to tyranny.

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There’s a Whole Lotta Culture Shock Going On

Selidor

There’s eight full days more of Culture Shock and now that the initial mad rush has subsided, it’s a good time for the more leisurely shopping that comes with fewer people. Also with fewer visitors, the script gate is no more, so you can attend and wear your wizard hud, though you probably would have a better shopping trip without it.

One of the places you must stop by is R.Icielli where there’s jumpsuits and tops and shorts in a ridiculous number of colors and prints. It’s a rainbow and then a rainbow factory on top of it. I hopped over to a lovely sim to snap a few pics. You really have to see to believe the incredible variety.

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The Grasslands

Noweeta Grassland

I spent far too much shopping this weekend with so many new releases and events that I decided to take a break and go for a walk at the fabulous Noweeto Grasslands. I thought the lizard tote from Celoe would love to go for a walk with me.

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Misali Moonlight

Baiastice Veronica

So I went looking for a lovely place to shoot and found Misali – a gorgeous water sim with small islands that hold lovely little set pieces perfect for the SL photographer. Since I was wearing the purple and sapphire dress and jacket outfit from Baiastice I decided to use the lovely Purple Moonlight windlight setting from Elysium Elide. I love the dress and the jacket and like them together, though this does highlight one of the reasons I have not become a 100% supporter of mesh. I would love to have them as separate pieces, but unlike system clothing, mesh separates can be difficult to fit together. Some strategies I have used to make mesh separates work is to wear a M under and an L on top, though that does not always work. That’s why designers like Baiastice’ Sissy Pessoa make the outfits in one unified mesh instead of separates. It makes them work together perfectly, adjusting to your poses and preventing all intersections, but it does reduce our opportunity to make individualist styling choices.

Baiastice Veronica

Or maybe we just have to dig a little deeper to come up with new ways to add our own quirks and options. Here, I added the collar and sleeve fur pieces from a Bliss Couture jacket. I decided to tie the jacket more directly to the dress, adding the accents in the sapphire color of the dress.

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